Approaching the 35th week of pregnancy… we finally got some belly shots this afternoon. This time around was a very different experience from our last pregnancy photo shoot, as we we trying to corral Sebastian, engage him and get some photos of the two or three (or four!) of us! At least we’re able to document the fact that I am pregnant with this baby…
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
The holidays have come and gone in the blink of an eye and are done for the year… unless you count my upcoming big-ish birthday. It seemed like such a whirlwind between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but we enjoyed some great times together as a family. We’re blessed to have most of our family nearby, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to see those that don’t live so close around this time of year.
I don’t recall ever making a gingerbread house as a child, and it was great fun to do that on Thanksgiving Day at Tim’s parents’ home. All the kids – big and small – gathered at the kitchen table to create their masterpieces. It was quite the contest! This is our “green” house that adorns the buffet in our dining room now.
And the winner was:
We all put money in a pot to participate in the contest, and the winner got to choose which charitable organization he or she wanted to donate the money to. I’m not sure what organization Angel decided upon, but it was a great way to share our blessings with others at Thanksgiving.
While on the ginger bread theme, we had another grand time making ginger bread cookies with our niece and nephew (my brother’s kids). A lesson learned, however: ginger bread cookie batter should not be made with whole wheat flour. It just-so-happened to be the only flour I had in the house, but now I know it’s worth a jaunt to the grocery store!
We took the annual excursion to get a Christmas Tree with my parents and my brother and his family the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Frysville Farms is a family-owned business that has great trees and good prices, plus the largest selection of poinsettias I’ve ever seen and a horse-drawn hay ride, with hot apple cider to warm you up at the end. Unfortunately this year during our hay ride, we were taken right past the incinerator, which was full of plastic that they seemingly are burning. Blech! Not only is this a huge disappointment for us, but may be cause for change of location next year. Tim’s planning to write a letter to the company conveying our sadness and impetus for no longer being customers. So here’s a series of photos from what may have been our last trip to this particular farm…
Despite the less-than-eco-friendly encounter, we enjoyed ourselves, and it helped us to get a little more into the spirit of things this season. Never mind the fact that our tree, wreaths and swags sat on our front porch for several weeks afterwards… our house sure looks beautiful with it’s holiday touch now!
One of Sebastian’s favorite past-times is bath time. Before bed each night, Sebbie signs “bath time” indicating it’s time to get the evening routine underway (and for some reason we always say “bath time, bath time” as part of the cue. During his bath, he plays and plays and plays in the water, splashing, giggling, smiling and helping to wet and rinse his own hair. It’s usually difficult to convince him that bath time is over and that it’s time to go to bed. But he knows that when the water runs out, it’s time to get out of the tub. One of his favorite Christmas toys was this addition – the red tug boat - to his bath time toy collection… thanks to Aunt Traci, Uncle Steve and cousins, Isaac and Lauryn.
I’m pretty certain they don’t come much cuter than this little guy! And, Sebastian gained big points and lots of hugs, kisses and high-fives this week when he peed on his new potty – TWICE! Tim might get his wish after all – only one child in diapers at a time! I’m not holding my breath, but it certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing!